Kashmiri Dum Aloo

I guess I tasted this dish for the very first time about ten years ago. I was completing my internship then and I and my colleagues cum friends used to have lunch together. One of my friends brought Kashmiri Dum Aloo for lunch and I saw those baby potatoes for the first time. I still remember how I was wondering about its small size and how much time it would take to peel off those small potatoes. But I love potatoes in any form and that delicacy was stamped on my mind. I had about two-three failed attempts making it later in a few years and then I simply quit. Wandering in an Indian store last week, I came across these baby potatoes again and thought of giving another chance to this recipe. As I have a lot more spare time now compared to then, I could google many recipes to finally come up with this. Therefore, I won’t claim that this is an authentic one, but I can guarantee this is the best one 😉 Read More


Crab Curry

I am back with another seafood recipe. This time it’s a popular one and loved by everyone. It is as tasty as it is hard to clean. Crabs!

The most difficult part in making crabs is to clean them. I did not learn it early in my life and the reason behind it is a very funny one. I remember when I was in first or second standard, I was coming home from school in the bus. Driver uncle was a dear friend of my dad. He saw him on his way home and offered a ride along with us. My father gladly hopped on. My dad has a friendly nature and he started chatting with my school mates. He asked them whether they wished to see what he has brought with him from the market. When almost everybody nodded positively, he simply opened his shopping bag and let loose all the live crabs in the moving bus. You can imagine the chaos after that. The school bus with children frightened of creatures smaller than them. But my dad was pretty quick to catch all the crabs and put it in the bag before the situation went out of control. And I guess that is the day that frightened me enough not to hold a live crab in hand. But frankly speaking, the delicious taste of this shell fish curry never allowed me to give up on it. I have always found it difficult to eat it with one hand. The joy of opening the shell with both the hands, licking all that flavorful curry from the shell and enjoying that tender flesh has been super difficult to ever give up in my life. Read More


Shrimp Saag

Many of you must have heard of Sarso ka Saag. Until yesterday morning, I too had heard only of that. Then my husband went for a team lunch and had Chicken Saag. I am not a fan of red/white meat but crazy about seafood so I decided to attempt saag with my all time favorite shrimp. Since I haven’t had chicken saag, I had no idea how the flavor of non-vegetarian food is going to work with peppery taste of mustard greens and mineral like taste of spinach. On top of that, my husband simply enjoys his meal and doesn’t go much into analysis of flavors, so asking him was of no use. I wasn’t left with any option but to make an attempt. And I am glad I made it because it turned out great. Read More


Idiyappam

This is quiet a regular dish at many South Indian families but being born and brought up in Maharashtrian family I had never even heard of it. Yeah, when we think of South Indian food, all we know is idli, dosa , sambhar , medu vada as we get these as street food in Mumbai. So, I saw this dish on one of the cooking shows two- three years ago and it got stamped on my mind. I didn’t know when I would make it but I used to drool over the image I saw on TV many times. So finally, on one good morning I decided to make this, quiet an impulsive decision. Since, it does not require any fermentation or grinding, there was nothing to stop me today. Hahaha, jokes apart, I was happy that it really came out well in first attempt. (And I did hurt my fingers with that sharp edged ricing machine unknowingly, but that pain was nothing compared to the happiness I found in that first successful attempt.) Technically, this dish is super easy and after making it, I didn’t realize what was holding me back since so many years. I guess I never pushed myself enough to attempt it maybe because of the fear of failure. I guess I need to improve on that! Read More


Prawns Eggplant Curry

First of all, Happy New Year to all :). My first blog post of 2018. So to start with, I choose a recipe that belongs to my native, prawns and eggplant curry. We have so many combinations of vegetables with meat and/or seafood that I will surely blog about it in the coming time. Read More


Surmai Special

Seafood is the reason that I just can’t turn myself into vegetarian. This one post is dedicated to one of the expensive yet tasty fishes, surmai aka indo-pacific king mackerel.

At my home, while growing up, we ate selective kind of fishes and shellfishes, and god knows for what reason. Whenever I used to ask my Aai or baba in fish market pointing out other variety of seafood “Why don’t we eat that fish?”, the answer has always been vague like. “Yeah, we don’t eat that!” Huhhh, this situation is still the same. But being a staunch seafood lover, I never missed an opportunity to eat different types of seafood at my aunt’s place or neighbor’s place or any feast I attend. Read More


Malvani Chicken Curry

 

Being a costal region Malvan is blessed with abundant supply of coconut. And they know perfectly, how to make its maximum use in everything. Not only the fruit but also the stem, leaves etc. Talking about food, from appetizers to desserts, they know how to and how much to use coconut. While growing up, we had one family in our neighborhood that belonged to this region. I remember the very first time I had lunch at their home. Aunty made her special chicken curry and fish curry. I fell in love with those curries the moment I tasted them. I remember how I used to tell my mom to learn those curries from aunty. And yeah, Aai attempted a few times but did not match that authentic Malvani taste. By the time I grew up and started cooking, they had left our neighborhood. Initially we were in contact with them but then somehow we lost it. So I couldn’t get the recipe directly from aunty. But I was so obsessed to replicate the exact taste, that I kept asking other people who belonged to that region and also by googling it. Finally after numerous failed attempts, I succeeded to nail it. Read More